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Saturday, June 26, 2004

How we see it


Winners and losers

Winner

When Xavier University's superb point guard Lionel Chalmers wasn't picked for the National Basketball Association's pre-draft camps - where talented players can show their stuff - he took it in stride. "The teams know what I can do," he said confidently. "They've seen enough of me."

Chalmers always could read the floor well.

The Los Angeles Clippers didn't need a second look to know that Chalmers has the ability to play with the pros. They grabbed him as the 33rd pick in the second round of Thursday's NBA draft.

In the end, Chalmers said, "It all worked out." A typically understated comment from a hard-working, often overlooked competitor who, in the end, turned into a star.

Losers

Sometimes the glare of the national spotlight can be a bit too bright. Tami Jordan learned that this week after she shared the stage with President Bush. The president held her up as an inspiration for turning her life around after serving time as a felon.

Trouble was, the story didn't much convince local small-business owner Susan Morin, from whom Jordan embezzled $308,170 in the late 1990s.

Morin hasn't seen much of Jordan's miraculous turnaround, especially in the form of repayment of the stolen money. While Jordan was sharing the limelight with the president, Morin was quietly working to put her company, Gorman Supply Inc., back on sound financial footing.

In the end, the fiasco cast Jordan, the president and Talbert House, which helped transition Jordan back from prison, into a distinctly unfavorable light.

This feature appears every Saturday. Is there someone or something you think deserves to be designated as a winner or a loser based on the week's news? Send a name and a brief explanation of why you think they deserve the label to Ray Cooklis at rcooklis@enquirer.com.



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